Four teams have already qualified, but there is still a lot to play on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
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Tuesday 23 November
Group E: Dynamo Kiev vs Bayern (6:45 p.m. CET), Barcelona vs Benfica
Group F: Villarreal vs. Man. United (18:45 CET), Young Boys vs Atalanta
Group G: Sevilla vs Wolfsburg, LOSC vs Salzburg
Group H: MalmÃ¶ vs Zenit, Chelsea vs Juventus
wednesday 24 november
group A: Man. City v Paris, Club Brugge v Leipzig
Group B: AtlÃ©tico de Madrid vs AC Milan, Liverpool vs Porto
Group C: BeÅiktaÅ vs Ajax (18:45 CET), Sporting CP vs Dortmund
Group D: Inter vs Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Sheriff vs Real Madrid
All kick-offs at 9:00 p.m. CET, unless otherwise noted.
What should you watch out for?
Benfica want to destabilize Barcelona
Under new management in the form of Xavi HernÃ¡ndez, Barcelona remain in a fragile state; they have only scored two goals in Group E so far and won’t need to remember what happened when they met Benfica in September, a 3-0 loss to Lisbon a serious blow to an already fragile confidence. The runaway squad leaders Bayern left Barca and Eagles to fight for second place, with Jorge Jesus keen for the Portuguese side to seize the opportunity at Camp Nou. “Due to our quality, we are still contesting Barca’s qualification.”
Can Villarreal stop Ronaldo?
“Cristiano is just amazing,” cooed Ole Gunnar SolskjÃ¦r after a brace from Ronaldo gave Manchester United a point at Atalanta. However, the Norwegian has now lost his job and Group F executives may need more Ronaldo magic as interim boss Michael Carrick takes control of Villarreal. Unai Emery’s side are tied with United on seven points after back-to-back wins, while Atalanta are ready to pounce if either team slips. But for Ronaldo’s five group goals so far, United would only have two points. If the yellow submarine manages to keep him in their sights, the Red Devils could be in trouble.
City break in Paris
Pep Guardiola’s team meet Paris, while Phil Foden eagerly awaits a real test of strength. “Paris is going to be a very big game and we want to win it,” said the midfielder. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are unbeaten in Group A, but the local newspaper The Parisian was not impressed with their 2-2 draw in Leipzig last time (headline: “Paris didn’t deserve better”). The good result in England could allay any further discontent. “We have to have the will to go and win the game,” said Pochettino. “The goal is to qualify and we’ll go there with that idea in mind.”
â¢ After notching their first point in Group B on Matchday 4, AC Milan could have an eye on Atalanta’s big breakout in 2019/20 when the Serie A club recovered from a an equally bleak start to qualify for the round of 16. With Liverpool already through, and Porto and AtlÃ©tico are not out of reach, that emergency exit is open.
â¢ A hat-trick last time propelled Robert Lewandowski to the top of the scoring charts this season with eight goals. His closest rival, Ajax’s Sebastien Haller, is on seven. Can the Poland international finish at the top of the charts for the second time, having reached 15 in Bayern’s winning 2019/20 campaign?
September 14/15: 1st day
September 28/29: Day 2
19/20 October: 3rd day
2/3 November: 4th day
23/24 November: day 5
December 7/8: day 6
December 13, 2021: Draw for the round of 16
February 15/16/22/23 & March 8/9/15/16: round of 16
March 18: Draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals
April 5/6 & 12/13: Quarter-finals
April 26/27 & May 3/4: Semi-finals
May 28: Final (Gazprom Arena, Russia)
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